Dutchman Jur Vrieling was the second-leg winner for the Western European League, qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final. (Photo © Iita-Maria Ahtiainen)
Dutch rider Jur Vrieling won the €170,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Helsinki, second leg of the Wester European League.
Climbing up to second place in the standings with two of thirteen competitive legs of the European League, Jur Vrieling got a formidable jump-off round with the 11-year-old stallion VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest (Nabab of Reve x Darco) owned by VDL Stud, guiding the group of 9 riders classified in course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge.
Registered Jur Vrieling a time of 36.85 seconds, the Dutchman took 130 World Ranking points with his victory plus a prize of €42,500 beating Swede Henrik von Eckermann, who finished his round in 38.41 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Mary Lou 194 (Montendro x Portland L) occupying second place.
By the Latino Ranking Marlon Modulo Zanotelli of Brazil completed a week of good results, including his third place in this opportunity with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin) in a time of 38.60 seconds. The former Latino Ranking leader managed to get 90 World Ranking points, where he will surely be climbing several spots for the next measurement.
The top five finishers were Robert Whitaker of Great Britain in fourth place, being the last double clear round of the World Cup with the 14-year-old gelding Catwalk IV (Colman x Corleone) in 39.27 seconds and fifth place was German rider Felix Hassmann next to the 12-year-old stallion Cayenne WZ (Claudio x Ramirado) totaling 4 fouls in 38.83 seconds.
Turning to the Pan American Ranking with the leading figure of Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, American rider Chloe Reid classified the jump-off, but accumulated in her round 8 fouls in 40.16 seconds that left her in seventh place with the 10-year-old stallion Comarco (Darco x Orame). The other representative of the Latino Ranking Yuri Mansur of Brazil was not in his best day accumulating 12 fouls in the regular round with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde), leaving him in 33rd place out of the points.
Completed both legs and being the next appointment in Verona, Italy next week, Kevin Staut of France remains in first place, followed with in a second place draw between Jur Vrieling and German Daniel Deusser.